2015

Documentary Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
48 minutes
Director:
Anthony West

Today's nuclear industry was born in a world of secrecy duringWorld War II, as America searched for a way to create the worlds first self-sustained nuclear chain reaction, a process that would allow for the creation of the most powerful bombs ever built.The Manhattan Project was the code name for the mission, and it would lead to a search for someone who could refine massive amounts of uranium.

Edward Mallinckrodt Jr, who ran a small chemical company in St. Louis, Missouri, would agree to take on the job.The Mallinckrodt workers would become some of the most contaminated nuclear workers in history, and the city of St. Louis would be left dealing with the fallout of creating some of the worlds first nuclear waste 70 years later.The questions of how to best keep workers and the public safe from these dangerous materials is as challenging today as it was in the past.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
8 minutes
Director:
Alison Mason

Two people who have suffered a mutual loss get to know each other better and look to one another for comfort.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
19 minutes
Director:
Michael McDaniel

Sometimes you cant have the things that you want in life, even if theyre just paper. After a young lady runs out of room in her notebook she sets out to find more paper. The simple task quickly turns into a madcap and surreal adventure as her efforts are thwarted at every turn.

Documentary Feature
Switzerland
Runtime:
Director:
Nick Brandestini

Children of the Arctic is a year-in-the-life portrait of five Native Alaskan teenagers coming of age in Barrow, Alaska - the northern-most community of the United States. As they embark on their journey into adulthood in and outside of Barrow, they wrestle with their roles as inheritors of a jeopardized culture. Their decisions are inseparably tied to the fate of their community. Who will carry the Iupiat torch? Who will choose a more individualistic path? And what hangs in the balance?

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
58 minutes
Director:
Wes Pryor

After completing his medical training at Harvard, Phillip Burke becomes engaged before leaving to serve in the Army during the Civil War. He is captured early in the war, and as a Confederate prisoner he serves as a surgeon in a southern mansion owned by Josiah Wakefield. Josiah's son Malcolm has married Clarissa Giles and has provided an heir to his family, but he doesn't treathis wife with respect and prefers the comforts of his favorite slave instead. As war rages on, Malcolm leaves to join the fight. When the Union prisoner, Captain Burke, is brought to the Wakefield home hospital as a surgeon, he meets Clarissa. An immediate spark between the two causes Clarissa to insist on staying to help Captain Burke with the wounded soldiers. Although bound to other people on opposite sides of the war, Clarissa and Phillip can't help falling in love.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
10 minutes
Director:
Jay Lifton

A seemingly unremarkable man spends a day taking a bizarre test at a mysterious facility. Through his day he interacts with the odd, detached employees of the facility, guiding him from section to section, obscuring the intentions or duration of the test.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
23 minutes
Director:
Dylan Paffe

In rural California, pink-haired Michelle Laswell, and her teenage brother, Clay, navigate their stark community in search of a stolen bike. When Clay spots his bike in a neighbors backyard, Michelle breaks in to retrieve it. Back home, Michelle and Clay are bombarded by their neighbors who demand the bike back. Diane (neighbor) reveals the bike was not stolen but sold toher by Michelles mother - done behind Michelle and Clays back. Michelle negotiates to keep the bike. Clay lashes out by trashing their mothers room. Amid the mess, they discover hard drugs and paraphernalia with their mothers possessions.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
9 minutes
Director:
Remington Smith

A quiet post-apocalyptic drama, The Woods follows a lone woman struggling to survive in a desolate snowscape, while on a quest to take care of personal business.

Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
24 minutes
Director:
Herb E. Smith

Our Kentucky River follows our Commonwealths namesake river from its headwaters in the mountains of eastern Kentucky through the historic river town capital of Frankfort and finally to the watersheds confluence with the mighty Ohio River at Carrollton. This 250-mile journey provides a unique look at the historical significance of the watershed and the current problems it faces, while highlighting the many roles that the river continues to play in the lives of Kentuckians as it flows across the state.

Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
7 minutes
Director:
Todd Tue

The Longest Short is about Al Jacobson and his short film that he's been working on for over 36 years. Al's film, Friends and Fast Times, began in the early 70s in suburban Chicago with Al and his friends filming incessantly as young teenagers. Over the next several decades, he began editing the footage together as well as filming new scenes.

This short doc features clips from the film and let's Al explain his compulsive labor of love. The Longest Short is a glimpse into one person's passion and their life captured on film.

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